Daily Giz Wiz 437: Sony Ebook Reader PRS-505

Episode 437 of the podcast

Sony Ebook Reader PRS-505
Subject: Review of Sony Ebook Reader PRS-505
Released:Tuesday 6 November 2007
Length:about 14 minutes
Download file:DGW-437.mp3 (6.5 MB)
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Short info

It's turn the tables Tuesday, and Leo talks about the new Sony Ebook Reader.

Detailed information

The PRS-505 is the 2nd Edition of the Sony Reader PRS-500 (Episode 292).  Improvements include triple the previous storage capacity (now 192 MB, with memory card slot for Memory Stick and SD cards), better contrast (still not perfect), faster page turns, USB charging (AC charger is now optional), and you can now go directly to a selected page.

The battery will last 7,500 page turns.  The screen is about 6" diagonally, 170 pixels per inch, choice of small, medim and large display fonts.  6.9" x 4.8" x 0.3".  Thinner and lighter.  It comes in 2 colours, silver and dark blue, in a leather cover with a magnetic clip lock.  Free engraving.  Like the previous model, it plays unprotected MP3 and AAC files, and photo files.  Other supported files are txt, rtf, pdf and Microsoft Word (requires conversion).  It appears on Windows and Mac as a USB storage device and you can drag and drop compatible files on to the Reader.  However, with Sony Connect Store copy-protected eBooks, you have to use Sony's software which is Windows only.

A possible alternative is the Amazon Kindle which has been rumoured to come out in October, but has yet to come.

For sci fi lovers, Leo recommends Sci Fi Arizona which has Michael McCollum's books, recommended to Leo by Steve Gibson.

Anniversary of the Titanium Spork

Jeffrey Passito writes to Dick and Leo to celebrate the anniversary of the Titanium Spork (Episode 182) on Halloween.  He chose the Titanium Spork as the secret Santa gifts for the Christmas parties he went to and it was a great success.  Everyone cracked up at the mention of the indestructible spork.  Jeffrey now wants Leo to come up with something just as "brilliant".

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